The Ivy Hotel
What We Love
- California king beds in every room
- The hotel’s sumptuous cosmopolitan bistro, Magdalena—one of Baltimore’s best
- Its prestigious Mount Vernon location
- Every room is furnished with a collection of classic novels, best enjoyed by the fireplace
What To Know
- The hotel car is readily available to take guests anywhere across the city, free of charge
- Bringing your pet along? The property thoughtfully provides crates, beds, and even walking services
- Breakfast and high tea is included in the rate
- Guests are treated to a historical property tour upon arrival
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
It took a five-year renovation to transform this former banker’s residence, a Gilded Age mansion in Baltimore’s most prized locale, into a breathtaking establishment. With an enviable collection of vintage books, a 19th-century pool table, and stained-glass windows, there are scores of antiques to sift through during your stay—though we wouldn’t fault you for hunkering down in your stately digs, with views of Mount Vernon’s signature slate roofs, and snuggling up by the petite fireplace instead. When you’re ready to venture out, you’ll have your pick of revered neighborhood hot spots like the symphony hall or the Maryland Historical Society (home to the original copy of “The Star-Spangled Banner”). For a trip to the Inner Harbor, a 15-minute ride away, summon the hotel’s private car service.
No two rooms are alike at this esoteric property, though all come with canopy beds and cashmere blankets. The hotel’s very inclusive amenity policy means in-room perks, like the generously stocked minibar filled with local brews and sweet treats by Californian confectioner TCHO, are included as part of your stay.
Sample global bistro fare (Korean-style wagyu flank steak; shaved truffle risotto topped with a poached and fried egg) in one of five dining spaces at the hotel’s fine-dining spot, Magdalena. Whether you’re feasting in the Garden Room surrounded by potted plants and courtyard views or the spacious Wine Cellar, your surroundings will be as cultured as the cuisine.
Baltimore’s oldest neighborhood makes the perfect backdrop for this old-school stunner. Just north of downtown, Mount Vernon, the city’s cultural nucleus, is a classy succession of cobblestoned streets and a slew of museums and galleries.
How to Get There
The Ivy is our Baltimore home! The staff is so welcoming and friendly. The level of professionalism is the best in the city. We have stayed at the Ivy multiple times and look forward to our next visit more than the last. Hopefully we will get the chance to stay in all 18 of the rooms/suites one day! There really is no luxury choice in Baltimore that comes even close to the Ivy. James, the concierge, has recommended fantastic places to visit in Baltimore that we never knew existed. The breakfast is divine. The Ivy offers the perfect stay in Baltimore and we will never stay anywhere else in charm city!
My husband and I stayed at The Ivy Hotel as a “splurge” - the room rates were a bit steeper than we’re accustomed to. It turned out the expense was well worth it. Here’s why:
1) The warm welcome: We were greeted by a concierge (and glasses of Champagne), shown around the property, and upgraded to a suite that included a huge bathroom with a deep soaking tub (and bubble bath). There was a bottle of wine and cheese tray waiting for us, plus a mini-fridge full of beer, wine, kombucha, and other snacks - all complimentary. Plus, two movies per day were complimentary on the in-room TV.
2) The building: We spent lots of time in the public areas - doing jigsaw puzzles, attempting to play billiards, and enjoying afternoon tea and evening wine and cocktails (both complimentary). We actually abandoned plans to go sightseeing and stayed put instead - The Ivy was that nice. Plus there’s a wonderful selection of books for borrowing, not the usual rummage-sale relics that a lot of hotels seem to buy up. (see item #4 below)
3) The breakfast (included in the room rate): Delicious - flaky French pastries, great coffee/tea/hot chocolate/juice selections, creative hot entrees. When we couldn't decide what to order our server suggested getting half portions of a couple of items. Excellent advice!
4) The staff: friendly, upbeat and truly hospitable. We did venture out to an Orioles game, and the concierge packed us a couple of bags of snack mix to bring along. We took advantage of the car service to get to and from Camden Yards and to go to the train station, and the drivers were prompt and professional. And as for the books: I started one, didn’t finish it, and was urged by a staff member to take it home with me and bring it back the next time I visit. So that’s my plan.
5) Finally, The Ivy has a no-tipping policy, which is wonderful. Hotel tipping can be tricky - who do I tip? how much? how often? etc. I’m always afraid I’ve inadvertently forgotten someone. I will gladly pay extra for a room rate that incorporates tipping. I wish all hotels would adopt this practice.
Bottom line: The Ivy was perfect. We can’t wait to go back.
If you want a relaxing local vacation that makes you feel like $1M this is your spot. Yes it is pricey, but the service is like none other. I have lived in Baltimore for several years; once I stepped into this hotel, I had no idea where in the world I was. I could have been in Paris, Singapore or any other worldly city.
Fabulous spot! A must if you are into high quality service and will be in Baltimore.
Lovely stay at a hotel with an air redolent of memorable European boutique accommodations. Impeccable service, wonderful interior décors, extremely comfortable bedding, very tasteful breakfast.
Our second stay at The Ivy was as great at the first. This time we chose a third floor room, Room 12. It was as beautifully decorated as Room 6! Breakfast is not to be missed. Terrific service throughout the hotel. Thank you, Anthony, for another memorable visit.